Posts Tagged ‘quilt ufos’

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36.9 Weave On took over March-A-Long

March 10, 2015

I am not certain how or why, but possibly when I was doing the ceramics last week on my day off, I woke up the following day with a solution to a 4 year old problem. Well probably a 2 year old quilting problem.

weave border top completed with weaved borders

Four years ago, I, on a whim, made a quilt with 3 main colors, blue, red & yellow. I improvised a pattern that I saw online, but I couldn’t have told you who or what then, all I know is I made what I called a Weave quilt.

Then I came up with a variation on borders that I have seen several places that involved paper piecing & bias tape. I made lots of these border blocks using 3 fabrics for the borders that I also bought on a whim.

It turned out that I didn’t plan ahead on borders, I was originally when I bought the fabric, thinking I would do inner, middle & outer border in plain sizes.

This often happens, I was starting to run out of red fabric in the borders, but I wasn’t all the way around the whole quilt.

So then I decided to well, stop making the weave borders that I had planned & already started. And then I needed to come up with a clever end to this pattern, this quilt.

That was 2 years ago. I am certain I talked of this quilt before on this blog before at least once or twice.

Any event, the ephiphany happened and now I suddenly gotten taken over by this quilt, a desire to finish it before guild (tonight) pushed aside plans on both Sunday and today (my day off this week instead of Saturday).

It still took a good chunk of time on Sunday, and I did some unsewing of blocks once I figured on size, and measuring, and drawing what to do both on paper & EQ7.

weaved ends close up borders

I had figured out the two corner blocks a while ago, but hadn’t made them.

connected corner on border

The ends are little applique circles of the fabric I had stored with this quilt.

Circular ends

The biggest compromise I had to make with myself is not floating the border in blue fabric. I still wish I could have done it that way, but I completely didn’t have enough of the same blue, and I do like that the red just trounces off the edge of the quilt while the yellow stays connected.

Wow it feels great to get this done. My March-A-Long which I was only going to work for 15 minutes turned out to be another full weekend of mostly quilting. That is both good and bad.

I could feel an urge to get this done before the guild, to finish it off before my mind was tired of working on it. It really only needed the bordered finished and then attached.

More borders, who would have thought? I wonder if any more quilts only need borders on them? I could get a lot of these UFO’s to the next stages.

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28.3 Finishing it Up Just to Start Again!

November 4, 2012

So I put one quilt on my “hit list” and that inspires me to get a “move on” for several others.

I was writing up 5-6 different types of lists (by hand, not by spreadsheet) of different quilting projects at different stages, putting the quilt ideas into groups.

Voila I still have many many that are ready to quilt for FMQ (which is mostly the stage I am at with my Exothermic Quilt anyway, but I’d like a tiny bit more practice.

The biggest finish / progress that is hard to see

Yesterday, I got back out the FMQ foot and the arufil mono filament thread, and quilted down Dancing Ribbons.

Only on the top of each ribbon, and only on the outline of the star.

The first thing I did was to stabilize the outside circle with the monofilament thread but then I didn’t like I how I did that, and later went back and did another circle around the quilt with another pass of monofilament which was more stable.

But then I quilted the outside with a colored thread.

And then I got brave and decided to requilt the circle a third time  with a ‘FMQ zig zag” which would eliminate my need to be good or perfect along the circle.  So I quilted over my monofilament completely and as you can see I haven’t picked out the monofilament underneath yet.

A couple of weeks ago I tightened up this entire quilt.  It was hard to show any progress, so I couldn’t exactly show pictures. But what I did was this:

The quilt was originally sewn with white thread. All the wedges had white thread. When I basted this to a backing, the white thread kept showing through. Kept showing and I didn’t like it.

I ripped off the quilt from the basting, and I took dark thread and sewed just a scant behind it. Never ripping out the white thread, but just by sewing 2 threads over inside the original seam every time the seam was stressed by pulling now what would be seen would be dark thread – which actually was a big improvement.

And this helped tighten up the quilt that was sorta bulging in the center anyway.

But it’s really hard to see the double seam and now the thing is quilted, and I forgot pictures.

And here’s what I’m thinking for the binding (need to sew together & put on, but I think decided).

Actually I may get a tiny bit of gold piping for the outside just a small amount of piping on this would be just the right touch.  Will have access to piping foot and piping knowledge at a retreat starting wednesday.

Other Finishes

I am also finishing up some of the other mini quilts that I have quilted, by doing the finishing touches on – the binding of the minimalist fibonacci, the star on the space miniquilt & the binding on it.

Here’s the appliqued stars in the center.

As you can see there are now two stars and the circle is less noticeable in the center.  Perhaps if I get crazy I could bead it up?? Perhaps.

And the one fibonacci quilt?

The other – the feather fibonacci, is probably getting ripped out this coming week.

I keep looking and looking at the red back thread poking through – knowing I can do better with the tension.  Or at least match the thread on the back with the front thread.

And I was going to play up the red and go with a red piping, but unless the thread on top is quilted with red, I won’t use a red piping, but I do want to learn piping, so I’ll have a border piped around the edge of this border of some alternate color!

The Start of a new Shiny

And since I’m finishing, or near finishing – the darn LQS!

I had to go in there during a sale, and I HAD to see this quilt that was all quilted up with the sample quilt. And this quilt looks like it was just MADE FOR ME, so I had to purchase the pattern and decide to work on it this week at retreat!

Take a look at the new shiny. VERY Darla-esque!

And since it calls for 4 yards of fabric for each color of the quilt, I will actually divide & conquer the sections with my neutrals (again – just like the gemini sky quilt) and possibly even my darks (I never have more than 2 yards of any kind of fabric).

Meet the Kings Puzzle, which will be my fibonacci inspired quilt (OP Art quilt style)

And some possible fabrics

But on second & third thought what about red and black for this quilt?

May have to also try that as well! Or black and hot pink?

I may just switch up the fabrics or make several variations of this quilt, we’ll see how it goes with my original colors and fabrics.

TOO MANY CHOICES!!!! But Fun!! 🙂